Deadly Jermain De­foe proves his worth

...as he com­pletes Bournemouth’s come­back vic­tory against Brighton

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LON­DON - Bournemouth’s Jermain De­foe scored his first goal in his sec­ond spell at the club in a 2-1 win over pro­moted Brighton and Hove Al­bion on Friday as Ed­die Howe’s side grabbed a vi­tal first Premier League vic­tory of the sea­son.

The south coast side went into the game sec­ond bot­tom in the league, hav­ing lost their first four fix­tures and scored only once.

Their mis­er­able run looked like it might con­tinue as, af­ter a goal­less first half at the Vi­tal­ity Sta­dium, the vis­i­tors took a sur­prise lead 10 min­utes af­ter the break when Solly March headed in his first Premier League goal from Pas­cal Gross’s cross.

Chris Hughton’s side were ahead for 12 min­utes be­fore Bournemouth’s Jor­don Ibe changed the game. The in­flu­en­tial for­mer Liverpool at­tacker found South African mid­fielder An­drew Sur­man in the mid­dle of the box, who fin­ished in the far left cor­ner of the Brighton goal. Ibe turned provider again lit­tle more than five min­utes later, show­ing good con­trol out­side the area to hold onto the ball and play it through to vet­eran De­foe.

The 34-year-old did not need to take a touch as he span quickly and struck the ball low past goal­keeper Mathew Ryan to score his first goal in a Bournemouth shirt since he lined up along­side his now man­ager 16 years ago. “He’s an un­be­liev­able pro­fes­sional. He sets the ex­am­ple.”

Jermain De­foe.

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